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Vincent Jackson's death confounds those who knew him, saw him thrive after football

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For many professional athletes, retirement is a daunting moment – a push into a new, unfamiliar phase of life, and confusion about what might or should come next.

But for Vincent Jackson, there never appeared to be any questions about what his post-football life would bring.

As his 12-year career in the NFL neared its end in 2016, Jackson shifted his focus to the real estate company he founded midway through his career. He owned several restaurants and worked to restore a historic event venue. He went back to school and earned his business degree. He helped run the charitable foundation that bears his name. And he spent time with his wife, Lindsey, and their four children.

“He wasn’t sad when he retired,” longtime business partner Adam Itzkowitz told USA TODAY Sports. “He just kind of wanted to move on and explore other things.”



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